Liz Collis's blog

Brighton's new bike share scheme

This Sunday brings the opportunity for residents to head to Preston Park and try out one of the new rental bikes that will be popping up at different sites across the city from September.

The bike share scheme is an initiative that’s been in the pipeline for a number of years, and is something the Greens have championed from the outset – including securing funding from the Local Economic Partnership (LEP) to help with start-up costs.

Urgent answers needed on Grenfell Tower

My heart goes out to all of those affected by the horrific fire and tragic loss of life at Grenfell Tower.

With facts emerging about the speed the fire spread, witness accounts of alarms not sounding, no sprinklers in the building, and advance warnings of residents’ safety fears being ignored, it’s our duty to prevent a similar tragedy ever occurring again, and to hold to account those responsible for the failures that make this potentially not just a tragedy but a crime.

My letter to Rt Hon Sir Alan Duncan MP on Chechen abductions and killings

Letter to Rt Hon Sir Alan Duncan MP, Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office:

 

Rt Hon Sir Alan Duncan MP

Minister of State

Foreign and Commonwealth Office

King Charles Street

London

SW1A 2AH

 

Ref: ML.C0082.ID.12.04.17

12th April 2017

 

Dear Alan,

 

Local projects in the running for funding

A few brilliant local projects have been shortlisted for ITV People’s Projects funding. As the local MP, it’s difficult for me to pick one project over another, but I would love it if one of the amazing local organisations in the running is successful. To win the funding it comes down to votes, so I’m hoping my blog will help to draw attention to the incredible work those in the running do, and just what the funding would mean to them.

 

Schools Funding Crisis

This morning I made my submission to the Government’s Schools National Funding Formula consultation. The proposals would see schools in Brighton and Hove lose over £11 million by 2019/2020.

School budgets are already at breaking point, there is no fat left to trim. Local head teachers, who I’ve kept in close contact with, have issued stark warnings about what the proposals mean for our schools. Some schools are relying on charity PTA fundraising to buy essentials like pens and glue sticks – and there are serious fears that job cuts will become inevitable.

Brighton Deliveroo riders campaign for fairer terms

It’s a service that many local residents have embraced; and with so many amazing restaurants and food-outlets in the city, it’s easy to see why it’s an idea that has caught on.
 
Yet many of my constituents using the service, might well be unaware of the brewing dispute involving Deliveroo riders about unfair employment terms.

Fight to save the Caroline of Brunswick pub

The Caroline of Brunswick is a unique Brighton pub, not least because of the three headed dog above the bar; but it’s also well-known as a live music and comedy venue.

It’s played host to many up-and-coming comedians at the start of their careers, and seen them return to try out new material ahead of Edinburgh fringe shows and tours.

The Caroline of Brunswick is a venue that champions alternative music, and isn’t afraid to host weird and wonderful experimental live performance.  

Amaze Info Fair and the PaCC champions awards

Earlier today I dropped by the Amaze Info Fair being held at Brighthelm.

Amaze are a great local charity supporting families with children who have special educational needs and disabilities.

Events like the information fair today provide an opportunity for parent carers to share experiences, and to speak directly to local services and organisations able to offer practical support and guidance.

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